2013 USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Features

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Kalani Brown Steps Into USA Spotlight
Not surprisingly, Kalani Brown (Salmen H.S./Slidell, La.) loved basketball from the time she was a little girl. The daughter of, P.J. Brown, who played in the NBA for 16 years and won NBA Championship in 2008, and Dee Brown, who played at Louisiana Tech, the 6'4" center, is continuing to emerge from the shadow of her parents. Story
DeJanae Boykin Rises To USA Challenge
Training twice-each day at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., DeJanae Boykin (Charles H. Flowers H.S./Springdale, Md.) and her teammates on the 2013 USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team are finding out this week that playing for your country is not an easy task. More...
For Katie Lou Samuelson And Family, Fifth Time Is The Charm
Four times previously, twice apiece for each of Katie Lou Samuelson's (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.) older sisters, Bonnie and Karlie, the Samuelson family had come up empty handed at USA Basketball trials. Not so for Katie Lou, who earned one of 12 roster spots on the 2013 USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team. Story
Taylor Murray Making A Name In A USA Jersey
On May 23, 124 girls basketball players age 16-years-old-or-younger arrived at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete for one of just 12 roster spots on the 2013 USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team. When the roster was read aloud after four days of trials, 5'6" guard Taylor Murray (Annapolis Area Christian School/Odenton, MD) was among those who heard her name called. More...

2013 Trials Features

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Jaelyn Brown Battles For USA Women's U16 Roster Spot
From one of 124 players to start trials for the 2013 USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team on May 23 to one of 43 hopefuls remaining before a 12-member roster is named on the morning of May 27, Jaelyn Brown has her sights set on a USA Basketball jersey.. More...
USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Hopefuls Not Content
Forty-Three is the number of athletes that remain at the United States Olympic Training Center, hoping to land a roster spot on the women’s U16 National Team. If an athlete is still on the roster now, they’ve clearly proven something to the selection committee as trials started with 124 players. But with one more cut still to go, the athletes aren’t satisfied. Instead, they understand their level of production needs to continue rising. Story
Jocelyn Jones Handles Balancing Act with Aplomb
Jocelyn Jones, a 5-10 guard out of Cosby High School in Midlothian, Va., started off on Thursday as one of 124 athletes aged 16-years-old-or-younger who traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete in the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials and is one of 70 remaining in contention for a coveted spot on the USA U16 National Team. Unlike the majority of participants, however, Jones was one of 32 athletes who received an invitation to attend trials and as such, is living at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) with the other 31 invitees. More ...
Trials Progress Forward Into Day Three
Day three is underway at the USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials. Athletes have traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., from various parts of the United States aspiring to earn a spot on the final roster that will compete in the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships June 19-23 in Cancun, Mexico. More...
Athletes Set For First Trials Session
With three on-court sessions complete at USA Women's U16 National Team Trials, the 124 atheltes begin scrimmage play this evening.. More...
Trials Participants Taught Golden Lessons
A pair of Olympians, Yolanda Griffith and Jill Rankin Schneider, were both dominate backcourt players in their day. And they spent part of the day passing along their knowledge to USA U16 trials participants on what it takes to be a great post player. More...
Take Three: Day Two of USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Trials
As you might expect, many nerves were calmed when the players took the court for the first time, but don't take our word for it, hear from Macey Driver (MacArthur H.S./DeSoto, Texas), Jordyn Holmes (David Crockett H.S./Austin, Texas) and Napayshni Pritchett (Charles Wright Academy H.S./Tacoma, Wash.) after Day One. More...
132 Athletes Arrive With One Purpose, One Goal
Plenty of enthusiasm and energy entered the U.S. Olympic Training Center’s (USOTC) gymnasium Thursday afternoon as 132 athletes from across the United States arrived to begin trials for the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team. More...
FIBA’s Addition Of U16/U17 Competitions Opens Opportunities To Young Girls
The inaugural USA U16 National Team Trials featured a standard format setting, with 34 athletes invited to attend trials.What happens if the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee misses someone? What about that diamond in the rough who might not play for a well known or nationally ranked program? That's part of the reason why the second time around was much different. In 2011 USA Basketball opened up its U16 trials to as many as 200 participants and will do so again this year. More...



2011 USA Women's U16 National Team Features
On the 2011 USA Women's U16 National Team, Jannah Tucker is neither the oldest nor the youngest player, but often times she appears as the team’s leader – for example, when she is running extra sprints to help out a teammate. Team Player: Jannah Tucker

Just her first name lets you know that USA U16 National Team member Mercedes Russell is no ordinary 15-year-old basketball player. Story

Last week, Rebecca Greenwell was selected as one of 12 members of the USA Basketball U16 national team that will compete for a gold medal in the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women June 13-18 in Merida, Mexico. She talked with USABasketball.com after Saturday’s morning training session. Q&A

Just four days after being selected as members of the USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team, the 12-woman roster, plus three coaches, were back at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, for the team’s first official workout. Story

2011 USA Women's U16 National Team Trials Features

Like a lot of the women on the court at the 2011 U16 Women’s National Team Trials who hope to rise into stars one day, Ruthie Bolton had to believe in herself before others saw her potential. She attended her first USA Basketball trial on her own, and after proving herself, as they say, the rest is history. Story

After four days of three sessions a day, 34 athletes remain in contention for one of 12 USA roster spots on the 2011 USA U16 National Team, and the next roster reduction will be the final one. Take Five: Day Four

The trials roster for the 2011 USA U16 National Team is down to 53 athletes after two rounds of roster reduction and the competition has heated up. Take Five: Day Three

By May 27, the 112 athletes who have taken the court for the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials will have participated in three 90 minute skills sessions, and their first true trials session. USABasketball.com caught up with five of the trials participants to hear about their experience thus far. Take Five: Day Two

With the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials beginning today, 120 young women arrived at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., with the chance to compete for a spot on the final 12-member roster that will represent the USA in the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Story